DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2014) - Following U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's public comments that he would work with Congress to reexamine how marijuana is scheduled, O.penVAPE, the largest brand in the cannabis industry, has announced it will begin testing its employees for dangerous drug abuse.
Todd Mitchem, O.PenVAPE's chief revenue officer and public spokesperson, said the company wants to lead by example and reinforce the important differentiation between cannabis and other scheduled drugs.
"Unlike dangerous drugs, cannabis can be part of a healthy lifestyle that promotes wellness," Mitchem said. "We always encourage consumers to use cannabis responsibly, and, as such, we have implemented a stringent drug policy for our own employees. O.penVAPE understands that, as the largest brand in the cannabis industry, our view holds weight -- and our view is simple: we won't tolerate dangerous drug use by our employees."
Mitchem said O.PenVAPE's leaders recognize the public's mixed feelings about the cannabis industry, but they also believe the firm's stance against dangerous drugs can help influence public opinion toward mainstream acceptance. Mitchem said although O.penVAPE has not encountered incidences of dangerous drug abuse within its ranks, feedback about the new policy from company employees has been positive. O.penVAPE's more than 125 employees may not consume cannabis before or during work hours.
"We at O.penVAPE believe that listing cannabis as a Schedule 1 dangerous drug hinders progress because it vilifies many consumers who are a vital part of the workforce and active contributors to society," Mitchem said.
As O.penVAPE expands its product offerings to other states by licensing operations in Oregon, Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Illinois in 2014, it will continue to promote responsible cannabis use throughout its company and to its licensees and customers.
"We don't want any misconceptions about the goals of our company. We promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle," Mitchem said. "Dangerous drugs have no place in the workplace, and we maintain the right to drug test any of our employees. But we accept a person's right to choose cannabis for recreation or medicinal benefit."
Todd will be in New York from the 22 - 24 on a media tour to discuss this issue with the media. While in New York he will also discuss the future of cannabis markets.
O.penVAPE is the largest cannabis brand in the United States and has been featured on CNN, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, PBS, Fox News, CBS and has been covered extensively on national and international news. O.penVAPE, through its affiliates, licenses and sells cannabis oil filled cartridges, vaporizer devices and related products for use with cannabis oil in states that have legalized cannabis sales. O.penVAPE, with branded licensing agreements, manufactures and distributes its products through legally authorized cannabis operators in the United States. With the tag line, "It's what's inside that counts," O.PenVAPE leverages knowledge from its affiliated Colorado-based labs, Organa Labs and Bakked. These two state-of-the-art cannabis oil extraction facilities extract cannabis oil and fill cartridges for the Colorado market. The knowledge gained by these organizations is then shared with branding licensees nationwide who, with authorization from their respective states, also extract, fill, package and distribute O.penVAPE branded products in their states. For more information, please visit http://www.openvape.com/. To view the company video please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-dIzawd2X8
You can download the O.penVAPE policy here: https://www.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8b6d628b606273ad9ba4